Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Scilla amoena L.

Bulbous perennial with 4-5 flaccid leaves, to 20cm long and 3-6-flowered racemes of blue or whitish flowers on stems to 15cm.  [RHSD, Hortus].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The Scilla amoena, a hardy bulbous plant of small growth, is a native of the Levant, and has long been cultivated in this country for ornament, being introduced about the year 1600, by Ed. Lord Zouche;  when it grows luxuriantly, many flowering stems will spring from the same root, which, when the plant is in flower, are altogether upright; as the seed-vessels advance in size and weight, they bend down, the blossoms are violet-coloured, and the germen in the centre of each is distinguished for the paleness of its colour.’  [BM t.341/1796]. 

‘It has long been cultivated in this country, and, like most of the genus, is very beautiful.  It is quite hardy, and flowers in the spring.’  [LBC no.1015, 1825].  

History at Camden Park

The only record is a handwritten note in an 1850 catalogue  [MP A2947A].  Certainly grown in the gardens at this time.


Published Jan 09, 2010 - 04:59 PM | Last updated Jan 09, 2010 - 05:09 PM

Figurd are bulb, lance-shaped basal leaves and blue star-like flowers.  Curtis's botanical Magazine t.341, 1796.

Scilla amoena L. | BM t.341/1796 | BHL

Family Hyacinthaceae
Region of origin

Southern Europe to Cyprus

Common Name

Star hyacinth

Name in the Camden Park Record

Scilla amoena 

Confidence level high